21-22 février 2018 // Metaphysics and Epistemology in Plato’s Academy (Durham)

On behalf of the Department of Classics and Ancient History, Durham University, we are delighted to announce a workshop to be held in Durham on 21st-22nd February 2018:

Metaphysics and Epistemology in Plato’s Academy

Organized by Carlo Cacciatori (Durham University), Giulia De Cesaris (Durham University) and Emilio Zucchetti (Newcastle University).

More information on the workshop will be available on http://www.dcamp.uk/events/metaphysics-epistemology-platos-academy/


This workshop is made possible by support from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University, and the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. The workshop is free and open to the public, although registration is requested.


Through the generosity of Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership, we are able to offer small bursaries to support postgraduates and early career scholars who would like to participate in the workshop. Applicants are required to send (to the email addresses below) a brief description (max. 150 words) of why they are interested in taking part in the workshop and how their research relates to the topic of the workshop.

The deadline for submitting applications for these bursaries is Friday 12 January 2018. On Sunday 14 January 2018 we will communicate the outcome of the applications.

To register for the workshop or to attend the dinner on Thursday night, please contact Carlo Cacciatori (carlo.cacciatori@durham.ac.uk) or Giulia De Cesaris (giulia.de-cesaris@durham.ac.uk) no later than Friday 16 February 2018.  More information about dinner will be available closer to the conference date.

Please, note that the workshop is meant to coincide with the visits of Lloyd Gerson (Toronto) and David Sedley (Cambridge) to the newly-launched Durham Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy on, respectively, the 20th and 22nd of February (for more information, see http://www.dcamp.uk/calendar/).


Description of the Workshop

This workshop will investigate the relationships between metaphysics and epistemology as they were interwoven within Plato’s Academy. It seeks to understand the co-implication of the theories of being and knowledge as they are expressed in the dialogue between Plato’s later thought and that of his younger contemporaries in the Academy (Eudoxus, Aristotle, Speusippus, Xenocrates, Philip of Opus, and Heraclides of Pontus).

Programme of the Workshop



09.00-09.30                                 Reception and coffee


09.30-09.40                                 Opening Remarks


09.40-10.40                                Thomas Bénatouïl (Lille)

        Speusippus between metaphysics and epistemology

10.40-11.40                                 Filippo Forcignanò (Milan)

   Mixing Anaxagoras and Plato in the Old Academy: Eudoxus’ immanentism and the Theory of Forms


      11.40-12.00                                Coffee Break


12.00-13.00                                 Laura Castelli (Munich)

 The incompatibility between Forms and Principles in Aristotle’s περὶ ἰδεῶν


13.00                                            Lunch


14.30-15.30                                  Roberto Granieri (Toronto)

  The Divisio Aristotelea 67M/32DL and the Debate on the Two Categories in the Early Academy


15.30-16.00                                  Coffee Break


16.00-17.00                                  David Sedley (Cambridge)

  Xenocrates and the invention of Platonism


20.00                                             Dinner



09.30-10.00                                   Coffee


10.00-11.00                                   Georgia Tsouni (Bern)



11.00-11.15                                   Coffee Break


11.15-12.15                                   Victor Gysenbergh (Berlin) 

   Eudoxus of Cnidus and Plato’s Academy


12.15-12.25                                   Closing Remarks 


Chairs of Sessions

George Boys-Stones (Durham); Tiziano Dorandi (Paris); Lloyd Gerson (Toronto); Nathan Gilbert (Durham); Phillip Horky (Durham); Federico Petrucci (Durham); Christopher Rowe (TBC, Durham).


Date and venue

February 21st-22nd (2018), Horsfall Room, Ramsey House, 25 North Bailey, DH1 3EW. This event will take place in one of the oldest colleges in Durham, St Chad’s. It is situated a stone’s throw from Durham Cathedral – a World Heritage Site – and will be hosted in one of the Georgian town houses which St Chad’s occupies along the North Bailey.

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